I am pleased to announce that Dr. Nathalie Kermoal, former interim dean of the Faculty of Native Studies and current associate professor in the Faculty of Native Studies and Faculté St.-Jean, has been appointed as a special advisor to the provost for a two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2013.
Dr. Kermoal’s mandate is to advance the commitment made in the academic plan, Dare to Deliver 2011-2015, to increase Aboriginal student enrolment and successful academic outcomes at the University of Alberta.
Dr. Kermoal will work with deans from across the institution to identify programs and activities that are currently underway for Aboriginal students, as well as best practices in recruitment and retention, evaluate standards of excellence in working for and with Aboriginal communities, and seek opportunities for sharing this expertise and integrating resources. Dr. Kermoal will make recommendations for extending existing programs and/or creating new ones to increase enrolment, retention and graduation of Aboriginal students with a special emphasis on professional and health sciences programs as well as small faculties.
I am confident that Dr. Kermoal’s research will assist with increasing recruitment and retention of Aboriginal students at the University of Alberta.
Dr. Kermoal can be reached by email at nathalie.kermoal[at]ualberta.ca, or by phone at 780-492-7207.